Sunday in Ostpark

Hello everyone! We cycled to Ostpark yesterday and spent the morning by the lake, drinking beer, eating ice-cream, looking at the ducks and swans and just enjoying a lovely day.

This week we are celebrating the first wedding anniversary of HRH the son and his beautiful K. They are now in Barcelona and last night they watched the game at Camp Nou. FC Barcelona won, yay! Best wishes to the couple and many more years to share together. We love you.

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For: 52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 48, Tell Me Something Good #58

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K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge… How does your garden grow?

garden full of life
of butterflies and bees
the scents of flowers

look at the garden
peace and tranquility
wonderful feeling

garden through the years
canvas of memories
brings us joy and hope

For: K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge… , 52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 47 By Bernadette, Tell Me Something Good #57, Jo’s Monday walk : Beautiful Bath

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Maypole – raising

Hello everyone. Happy first of May. This morning we had the Maypole-raising in our town. There was a big crane that raised the Maypole, some speeches were made and the band played. People wore Lederhosen and Dirndl, drank beer and ate brezen. It was a lovely tradition.

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For: Jo’s Monday walk : Odeleite, a beautiful disaster!, Tell Me Something Good #55, Down to the Jordan River , Tuesdays of Texture | Week 18 of 2017

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52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 43

52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 43

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Happy Easter Monday everyone! Hope you are all fine. Him Indoors and I had a quiet and contemplative Holy Week/Easter holiday week. The weather was fine on some days, that’s when we cycled or did some gardening. When it wasn’t that good, we stayed inside and did some chores and other hobbies. I was able to write/blog a lot. I managed to write some poems.

I’m very grateful that my mother is fine in the Philippines. Through messenger, we video chat almost every day. My aunt was able to stay with her and together they visited some churches and went to Bulacan to see the passion play. My brother and his family were also able to join them.

HRH the son and his beautiful K went to see Southampton v Manchester football game. They said they had a great time. OK, Southampton lost, but that’s another story.

That’s it from me. Have a lovely week everyone!

For: 52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 43, THANK GOD, IT’S MONDAY! — WEEK OF APRIL 17th 2017: When saying thanks is not enough, Jo’s Monday walk : Around Salir, Tell Me Something Good #53

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Writing Prompt April 9th – Lists

Writing Prompt April 9th – Lists

Here is my list of people who have inspired me :

Him Indoors – his sense of humour is to die for. I love him to the moon and back and he inspires me to reach the highest star, climb the highest mountain and swim the deepest sea.

My Dad – his high regard of responsibility, generosity and kindness inspired me. I still miss him.

My Mum – her fun and closeness to family makes me love her more. Wish she’ll be with us for many years more.

HRH the son – ah, our pride and joy. His being so cool and takes his own time inspires me.

Jose Rizal – our national hero. His novels and the way he inspired people to fight for freedom is number one on my list.

I’m going to have a dinner party and these are the people I’m planning to invite:

Beethoven and Mozart – they will provide the music, alternately, complete with orchestra or string quartet

Jamie Oliver and my Dad – Jamie will cook our five-course meal, while my Dad will be the sous-chef. My Dad would love that!

Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Ninoy Aquino – would be great to have them discuss about freedom, democracy and how to be patient

William Shakespeare and Jane Austen – William will write me a sonnet while Jane and I talk about our Mr. Darcy

Morecambe and Wise – they’ll provide the comic double act

For: Writing Prompt April 9th – Lists, Tell Me Something Good #53

Batanes Trip – Day 4 – Free Day

Batanes Trip – Day 4 – Free Day

Hello everyone! Still in Batanes, but no tour today. Our free day – yay! We woke up late, had a sumptuous breakfast and basically just took it easy. We walked along the street, had some coffee, went to their church, bought some souvenirs, went to have our nails done, found a nice restaurant to have late lunch/ early dinner and went back to the lodge. We watched television at night and talked to the receptionist and other friendly staff. All in all, we really had a great holiday in Batanes.

For: Skywatch Friday – Almost Done with March Edition , Spread the Love Friday – Sometimes Everyone Wins!, scenic wetlands… , ALL SEASONS – BEGIN FRIVOLOUS APRIL, #MySundayPhoto – Oh Sussex, The Growlery at 235 Broderick (Sundays In My City), Tell Me Something Good #51

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Batanes Trip, Day 3 – Batan Southern Tour

Batanes Trip, Day 3 – Batan Southern Tour

Happy Mothering Sunday! I wrote a poem for my mother and I rang her. Anyway, here’s sharing with you our third day of Batanes Tour – the southern part. We started with Chawa View Deck – turbulent waves smashing at the foot of the coast lining with craggy cliffs, the view in Chanarian or Chawa view deck is nothing short of spectacular. Then we stopped at Mahatao, which is the town next to Basco when you’re going to the island’s southern portions via the National Road. Mahatao is divided into four barangays: Hanib, Kaumbakan, Panatayan, and Uvoy. It’s the smallest town in Batan in terms of land area but has the second largest population next to Basco.

Tayid Lighthouse a.k.a. Mahatao Lighthouse. This modern structure was built only in 2000 and completed in 2004. This used to be a functional lighthouse but is now regarded as a tourist attraction. It is rightly located on a hill at the east side of the Batan Island, from which cows graze on the hills. Once there, a stunning view of immense jagged mountains cliffs, hedgerows and a panorama of the Pacific Ocean can be seen.

Liveng/Hedgerows – This quaint quilt-like/ labyrinth-like patterns across farms divide farm lots, protects crops from wind and animals, control soil erosion, host migrant bird, and provide wood and reeds for domestic use. They constitute the sustainable agricultural systems of Batanes. The reeds are also used as ceiling materials for the traditional houses with cogon roofs. These hedgerows add up to the already picture-perfect landscape of Batanes.

Hailed as the “Marlboro country” of Batanes, Racuh A Payaman is a place that makes its every visitor wonder and ask themselves, “Is this real or I am dreaming?”, or “That such a place still exists in the Philippines? ”
Marlboro Country might be one of the most photographed places that an avid photographer would be looking for. The blue skies, green fields, and the hilly terrain and mountains – all of these blend the perfect color of nature that picturesque a perfect creation from a perfect Creator.

A store that lets you buy coffee, souvenir items, and food and leave the payment and just write it down in the logbook. That’s real honesty for you. This place is more of a store than a coffee shop,they sell variety products such as souvenirs,local foods/snacks,there’s also buko juice at the back and surprisingly,there’s motorcycle available for rental.You can also rent the traditional Ivatan stuffs for picture taking,like the headdress (Vakul for women and talugong for men) and Yuvuk which is the woven basket used by farmers.

The San Jose de Ivana Church, also known as Ivana Church, is a Roman Catholic church located in Ivana, Batanes, Philippines dedicated to Saint Joseph under the jurisdiction of the Prelature of Batanes.

For: ALL SEASONS – A HESITANT SPRING (March 26), #MySundayPhoto – Happy Mother’s Day, Dollar Day at Golden Gate Fields (Sundays In My City), Jo’s Monday walk : Dizzying heights!, Tell Me Something Good #50, Jerusalem kitties

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